Profiles in Garbage: Glass Containers

Almost 80 percent of glass containers produced in 2011 were beverage containers.  

Glass containers are made from sand, limestone, soda ash, cullet (crushed bottles), and various additives, including those used to color brown, green or blue bottles.

More than half of the bottles produced in the United States are brown. Clear (also known as “flint”) bottles are the next largest in production. Most of the remainder are green with a small amount of blue or other colors.

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